Arrival times

I’ve been checking my records regarding arrival dates for Rainbow Bee-eaters.

  • 2010 – 27th October
  • 2011 – 22nd October
  • 2012 – 19th October
  • 2013 – 13th October
  • 2014 – 21st October
  • 2015 – 5th October
  • 2016 – 16th October
  • 2017 – 29th October

This year, 2018, my first sighting was on the weekend just gone … on the 27th October. I was surprised by these records, thinking that they generally arrived in early October. 2015 is the outlier it seems. I thought I made have heard some passing bee-eaters last weekend at the Rise and Shine but can’t be certain. Gee, it’s great to have them back!

Rainbow Bee-eaters, Loddon River @ Newstead … my first view this season, 27th October 2018

Looking splendid as usual …






6 responses to “Arrival times

  1. Reblogged this on Sharon Greenaway and commented:
    Love these colourful birds

  2. Be interesting to note any changes in temperature, rainfall or daylight hours for these years Geoff.
    Thank you for your caring , talent and sharing it with us

    • Dear Cath – thanks for your note. As I wrote this post I made a mental note to look back at the climate factors … I’ll get on to it and see what emerges. Cheers, Geoff

  3. They look fabulous! Thanks for the photo Geoff.

  4. Jeffrey Crawley

    I am currently on 2 weeks leave from work, and would be interested in catching up with you again. Bee-eaters are one of the birds on my bucket list of species to photograph. I am also interested in owlet nightjars.

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